My dear and beautiful friend "Dr. Debbie" died this morning, Oct. 11th., just after 3 am. She was a wise and brilliant woman, a compassionate physician, a phenomenal human being who had been diagnosed with Stage 4b Inflammatory Metastatic Breast Cancer a short eighteen months ago.
Very quickly, Debbie became a fierce advocate for education about IBC, and was indeed the "local face" and a significant online presence in the communities of fighters. This "Warrior Princess" accepted every opportunity to teach us what we needed to know.
I was able to fly home from Quebec on Sunday night, as soon as I'd learned she'd made the decision to lay down her sword, to stop fighting.
In July of last year, Debbie married the love of her life, her Jamie.
Jamie's precious gift allowed me to be with Debbie at the hospital.
Jamie, her father Colin and I were with her when she died, at gentle peace, with the same amazing grace and dignity that characterized her entire life.
Please say a prayer for Jamie, her warrior prince, for her son Ryan, for her wonderful family, and for all the families you know who are coping with this dreadful, unpredictable, aggressive disease.
Please educate yourselves.